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The ABC Conference: Algae Bioactive Compounds – from research to innovation

The project is funded by Interreg Deutschland-Danmark with means from the European Regional Development Fund.

25. - 26.08.2020, Kiel, Germany (online conference)

SUBMARINER Network's accelerator for Blue Growth

Meeting Abstract

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  • presenting/speaker Efthalia Arvaniti - SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth, Berlin, Germany

The FucoSan consortium. The ABC Conference: Algae Bioactive Compounds – from research to innovation. Kiel, 25.-26.08.2020. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2020. Doc20fucosan21

doi: 10.3205/20fucosan21, urn:nbn:de:0183-20fucosan212

Veröffentlicht: 7. Oktober 2020

© 2020 Arvaniti.
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Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. In this frame, the Baltic Sea Region of 100 million inhabitants living in 10 countries, can benefit substantially in improving livelihood and natural environment, by unlocking the potential of the five blue growth sectors of the EU Strategy; especially aquaculture, blue biotechnology, coastal tourism, and ocean energy. SUBMARINER Network is supporting all these sectors since its foundation 2014.

To accelerate product development within blue bioeconomy and blue growth, and create new value chains, we have brought together 60+ experts from blue bioeconomy and product development, to provide their services to cases . Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance was a project co-funded by Interreg BSR programme between 2016 and 2019, followed up by Alliance+, a project extension in January 2021, both led by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. The main project was about developing a transnational mentoring and accelerator service offer for blue biotech start-ups and SMEs. By the end of the project, the mentoring programme and accelerator was fully-fledged, and also piloted with 26 such cases, with the aim to be 100% demand-driven, tailored to needs of these cases. Now we are expanding to more blue growth sectors, thus capitalising on SUBMARINER Network’s full capacities across the BSR.

Our fantastic portfolio of cases is so far working with biomass sources, such as algae, mussels, and bacteria, and marketing in all sectors, from cosmetics, food and feed to bioremediation. By the end of the main project, all 26 cases had progressed by the end of the programme. More distinctively, we mention, 3 cases had won prestigious competitions and accelerators, and 3 other cases reached their dream and brought their products to the market.

This is important to us because, together with our members, project partners and associates, we jointly developed new transnational value chains supporting blue bioeconomy, and not least we validated a strong demand for niche accelerator services in the region and finally we uncovered a tremendous innovation potential from some countries.

SUBMARINER Network is currently taking steps to sustain the accelerator after the project ends, and we wish to broaden and expand the accelerator by involving more service providers, mentors, investors and start-ups from across the Baltic and from all blue growth sectors, so we continue to reach out and support even more companies with an innovative idea.


European Commission. Blue growth [Internet]. Brussels; 2020. [Available from:] Externer Link